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I buy as often as possible though I usually try to grow it myself.
Tastes - yes and no. Honestly I mostly notice the taste difference when it comes to being in season versus out of season. Out of season stuff is pretty bland while in season stuff is pretty flavorful. I notice a difference between my own garden's items (all organic)/farmer's market items (mostly organic) and grocery store items. I've even had the family say "Um, this doesn't taste as good as the last time you made it." Yes, that would be because I bought the veggies at the grocery store and didn't get them from our garden (or farmer's market). I think that's where the real eye-opener happens cause they have no idea where it's coming from unless they are the ones helping me cook that night.
Mama to a few:
L (5-21-88); Mi (dn, 8-29-91); A (10-27-91); I (10-2-92); Ma (dd, 4-17-94);
N (10-29-95); S (10-13-98); Le (10-28-00); C (3-7-03)
I'm pretty much the same way, I buy organic when possible but I more focus on trying to buy in season and local at our farmers market (or my garden once I get it started). A lot of the stalls at the farmers market are not certified organic but they are organically grown (since it is so expensive to get a certified organic labeling for a family farm). I can definitely tell the difference between the fresh produce at the farmer's market and the produce in the commissary that has been shipped over from the mainland.
I focus more on buying in season too. We used to get a vegbox from a farm in Cheshire not far from here. We stopped doing it a while ago but I'm thinking of starting it again as supermarket stuff you just don't know where it's from. The farm stuff is organic as well but that wasn't the main reason I bought it.
We rarely buy organic from the grocery store. $5 for two bell peppers just isn't in our budget in the least bit. I hope to do the weekly boxes from a local farm next summer. While they're not certified organic, they do follow organic practices.